TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Latest on a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man shot and killed by a then-Tulsa police officer in 2016 (all times local):
An attorney for the family of an unarmed black man killed by a now-former Tulsa police officer says they are not surprised that no federal civil rights charges will be filed in the death.
Lawyer Demario Solomon-Simmons says the family of Terence Crutcher is “disappointed, but unfortunately we’re not surprised” with the Department of Justice’s decision not to pursue charges against Betty Shelby. Solomon-Simmons says the standard of proof is so high to prove someone willfully violated another person’s civil rights that the system is set up to protect law enforcement.
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores on Friday announced the closure of the investigation into whether Shelby willfully used unreasonable force on Crutcher when she shot and killed him in September 2016.
Shelby was acquitted by a Tulsa County jury . She testified she thought he was reaching for a gun.
The Department of Justice says there is insufficient evidence to pursue federal civil rights charges against a white former Tulsa police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man.
U.S. Attorney Trent Shores on Friday announced the closure of the investigation into whether ex-Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby willfully used unreasonable force against Terence Crutcher when she shot and killed him in September 2016.
Shelby was acquitted by a Tulsa County jury in the shooting death of Crutcher, who was holding his hands above his head when he was shot. Shelby testified she fired her weapon out of fear because Crutcher didn’t obey her commands and appeared to reach inside his SUV for what she thought was a gun.
Attorneys for Crutcher’s family haven’t returned messages left Friday.
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